Pallikal,Anaka in quarters
Second seed Dipika Pallikal and Anaka Alankamony advanced to the quarter-finals of the World Junior Womens Squash championship in Cologne. This is the first time India will have two players in the last-eight stage of the elite event. Pallikal got past Egyptian Salma Hany 12-10 11-8 11-8,while Alankamony registered ann easy 11-8 11-8 11-7 win against Catalina Pelaez of Colombia in the pre-quarterfinals.
Indian women lose 6-2
Indian women suffered a 6-2 defeat against Australia in the four-nation hockey tournament at Essen in Germany. Australia led 3-1 at half time. Megan Rivers (20th,22nd,37th and 51st) scored four goals,including a hat-trick,at the ETUF Ground. Other scorers were Nicole Arrold (7th) and Madonna Blyth (49th). For India,Deepika Thakur (18th) and Saba Anjum (46th) were on target.
Build-up event for boxers
Commonwealth champion Dinesh Kumar (81kg) and Olympian Jitender Kumar (54kg) will be Indias best bets at the Elite International Boxing Tournament in Almaty beginning Monday. The six-member Indian team also includes South Asian Games gold medallist Chhote Lal Yadav (57kg) and Commonwealth champion Jai Bhagwan (60kg).
Maiden title for Chandigarh
Chandigarh clinched their maiden junior national football championship by beating Bengal 5-3 in penalty shootout after being tied 1-1 at the end of regulation 90 minutes and extra time. Rajib Ghorui gave Bengal the lead while Chandigarh levelled through Lalthzuala. In the shootout,Chandigarh converted all their chances,scoring through Akashdeep Singh,Chinkash Tiwari,Sumit Passi,Gagandeep and Shehanj Singh. Bengal struck through Prabir Das,Arijeet Singh and Lalnun Puia while Ghorui missed.
South Africa reach 145/4
Captain Graeme Smith fell for 70 as South Africa reached 145 for 4 at lunch on the second day of the third and final Test in reply to West Indies first-innings total of 231. Smith hit nine fours in his knock as the visitors,resuming at their overnight score of 46/2,added 99 runs in the morning session. Jacques Kallis was unbeaten on 43,hitting four boundaries off 80 balls,at break with AB de Villiers on six not out. For the hosts,Sulieman Benn returned figures of 2/21. South Africa lead the series 1-0.
brief scores: WI 1st Inngs: 231 (N Deonarine 46,D Bravo 61; D Steyn 3/37,J Kallis 2/36,J Botha 4/56); SA 1st Inngs: 145/4 (G Smith 70,Jacques Kallis batting 43; K Roach 1/21,S Benn 2/21)
MCA not to host Test
The Mumbai Cricket Association,scheduled to host the final India-New Zealand Test in November,has backed out citing ongoing renovation work at the Wankhede Stadium. The MCA managing committee took the decision that we wont be in a position to host it as we would like to play a few first-class matches on the newly laid wicket before the World Cup, MCA joint secretary Lalchand Rajput said.